Proper and effective lighting in a facility is a must but can be costly to maintain. Single bulb replacement or “spot relamping” in industrial settings is costly and can increase the risk factor for employees. Is there a safer, more cost-effective approach to bulb replacement?
The Benefits of Relamping
Rather than maintenance replacing burned out bulbs one at a time, “group relamping” is the process of replacing all the bulbs in a given area at a scheduled time. The process includes looking at the average rated life and expected lumen depreciation of bulbs in various areas of a building, then scheduling relamping according to bulb type.
Advocates of relamping may target bulbs with 70% of rated life left. While this may seem wasteful, light levels have decreased significantly at this point. In fact, if a new bulb is installed next to a 70% bulb, the human eye could see the difference. Efficient use of time far outweighs the cost of replacing bulbs that may have a few lumens left. Also, facilities who have implemented group relamping have seen costs reduced up to five times compared to spot relamping.
Why Put Your Employees at Risk?
Still, with relamping, warehouses and factories have high bay ceiling fixtures that require special lifts to reach. The height factor puts a company’s maintenance crew at risk. And, the crew may not get to replacing bulbs right away, having other project requests demanding their time and attention. Any delays in providing proper lighting can impede a company’s workflow and building safety. Workers require proper lighting to do his/her job effectively and walk through the building safely.
Relamping is Safe and Cost-Efficient
With significant risk factors and costly labor for industries to replace bulbs—regardless of spot or group relamping—there is a safer, more efficient way for relamping. Hughes Environmental can include relamping while other industrial cleaning and life safety services are performed!
Rafter cleaning, duct cleaning, and combustible dust cleaning require technicians to access high places where light fixtures are located. Lift-accessed cleaning and relamping as a simultaneous project provides a cost-efficient way to maintain a cleaner, safer and brighter workplace. Companies who implement relamping will get optimum light output, which will help reduce their annual lighting budget.